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Kagro in the Morning - June 30, 2014

Greg Dworkin sets the mood with The Onion's contribution on Hobby Lobby. Justice Stevens' City of Boerne v. Flores concurrence saw the RFRA itself as an impermissible violation of the First Amendment. James Risen's Blackwater blockbuster. The robots are taking over. The multiple problems with Facebook's crazy experiment. And the intriguing backstory to a Hawaii political drama. For the fifth time in three and a half years, we've had GunFAIL accidents at more than one gun show on the same day. An Oklahoma Republican says his primary opponent (Rep. Frank Lucas) was actually executed three years ago & is now either a body double or a robot. But hey, both sides do it. You know? Turning back for a closer look at the Blackwater story, we took time out to talk to Armando as news came in from the Supreme Court on Hobby Lobby and Harris.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:37pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - June 27, 2014

Yesterday's Supreme Court decisions dominate the discussions today. Greg Dworkin brings us good fodder in the form of insightful writing on the subjects of buffer zones and recess appointments. Also in courts news, "Does the ACA violate the Origination clause?" and a Colorado federal judge upholds that state's new laws on gun background checks and magazine capacity. The passing of Sen. Howard Baker. Why the media loves Iraq hawks.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:47am EST

Kagro in the Morning - June 26, 2014

Greg Dworkin's morning roundup focuses on the MS run-off. Vox = "the left," apparently. Todd Akin's back. Plan B on the IRS "scandal": missing e-mails they hope you won't notice don't actually bear on the first "scandal." Never mind that lost e-mails didn't bother them before. Likewise, what the U.S. Archivist has to say interests them now, but didn't then. Armando joins in for a quick update and discussion of the day's SCOTUS rulings on recess appointments and abortion clinic buffer zones. Catching up on the "no-fly list" ruling, and common threads it shares on modern technology with yesterday's cell phone search decision.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:29pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - June 25, 2014

Greg Dworkin and Joan McCarter join us to round up the stories of the day. North Carolina's Outer Banks are largely doomed, but the real estate industry would like to pretend that's not so. Primary elections sorted themselves out yesterday in Mississippi, New York, Maryland and elsewhere. Crappy-looking revised GDP numbers give everyone a scare, but there's a twist. Netroots Nation is coming up fast! A federal court finds due process fault with the "no-fly list." The Detroit water crisis. More filibuster follies in the Senate. Speaking of which, it's the 1 year anniversary of Wendy Davis' Texas Senate filibuster performance, and her campaign's looking for supporters' help in marking it. SCOTUS decides on cell phone searches. And the year's biggest GunFAIL so far.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:50pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - June 24, 2014

Today's the Mississippi Republican Senate primary election run-off, and it turns out the McDaniel/Tea Party camp will be turning out "poll watchers"... in the predominantly black precincts. So will they be open carriers, as we saw in Alabama? It's primary day in Maryland, too, where Netroots pal Evan Coren has called Don Engel's 11th district bid to my attention. GA Gop House candidate is the latest to write Islam out of constitutional protections. One way gimmetarians leverage the power of the state to rig outcomes & undermine reasonableness as a matter of policy. No one could have predicted a SYG shooting of a cop during a no-knock warrant. Is this how Open Carry Texas does safety checks? PA woman pulls a real gun (and fires!) on kids with water guns. And a fascinating look at the "adjunctification" of higher education.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:54pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - June 23, 2014

It's Monday, but you probably didn't notice, because of this one chart that tells you everything you need to know. Greg Dworkin starts off the roundup with gubernatorial news: McAuliffe fights to expand Medicaid, while Walker & Christie fight off investigators and try to stay viable. Henry Paulson is determined not to miss the rise of another crisis, this time on climate change. Running out of reasons to oppose the ACA, Republicans are finally down to the last one: we have to pay money for a public benefit. "Who Says Obama Can't Lead?" Had you heard that "gun nuts are terrorizing America"? Probably not. Another profile of Tea Party Patriots' Jenny Beth Martin's lifestyle enhancement success. A federal judge has (briefly) put a stop to the lethal combination of science denialism & the Hobby Lobby theory of "religious freedom." And what's "religion" these days, anyway, given that churches are raffling off AR-15s?

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:03pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - June 20, 2014

Our Friday grab-bag had a little bit of everything in it. The mugshot that got 30,000+ likes on Facebook & why it matters. (It doesn't.) Sean Hannity proves the Heritage hatefest wasn't berating Muslims by berating the same Muslim. A collection of wrongness on Iraq. Vox on the House's vote to "rein in" the NSA. "Sovereign citizens" pulled over for hand-written "license plates." Prosecutors closing in on Gop faves Christie and Walker. A diary by Armando, and a Demos blog post, make the terrific point that those objecting on "government intervention" grounds to the PTO's cancellation of the R*dsk*ns trademarks are looking at things upside-down. Further musings on what should be the libertarian views of trademark and... immigration. A WaPo piece offers up an explanation for why VA state sen. Phillip Puckett's constituents aren't calling for his head: they hate Obamacare because "death panels."

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:43pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - June 19, 2014

We started out by taking a look at one of the underreported details from last weekend's high school reunion shooting in East Peoria, IL. Yes, an off-duty FBI agent shot down the shooter. But apparently he shot just as another person was about to tackle the shooter. What might have happened? Who cares! Story over! Greg Dworkin collected stories making the case that John McCain is out of touch & no one cares what he says. Same with Cheney, and even Fox News knows it. Iraq in disarray, so why won't Obama lead & fix it already? Speaking of which, Norm Ornstein addresses polarization. Armando offers his observations on the DC football franchise, Iraq, upcoming SCOTUS decisions, and newspapers plan a new online comment system. Ours, sort of. NYT ends The Gun Report, and there's a labor backstory there. But Times editors say it was just getting boring or something. All the more reason for GunFAIL to continue.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:24pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - June 18, 2014

Catching up with the kitchen sink spin on Benghazi. Greg Dworkin's Abbreviated Pundit Roundup collects the worst of the worst. Turns out the Affordable Care Act has acted to make care affordable. The latest NBC/WSJ polling. Joan McCarter talks a little net neutrality, a little civilian prosecution of terrorism, and a little about the Cheneys shrieking about things. More on the successes racking up for the ACA. Mid-show breaking news: the DC football franchise's trademark registration is canceled! Then, some patented (not really) KITM free association leads us to... discussion of serious agri-business issues in Idaho, the Idaho Gop in disarray, and Raul Labrador's utter shock at finding out that leadership is kind of hard.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:58pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - June 17, 2014

Greg Dworkin rounds up news of the marine sanctuary proposal, Dana Milbank's coverage of the whackadoodle Heritage Foundation Benghazi panel, and several interesting angles on the emerging ISIS crisis in Iraq. "Gun-Control Advocate: Snowden, Obamacare Hurt Our Cause." Rick Perry's search for smarter-sounding anti-gay dogwhistles. A Louisiana Republican runs for Congress on the "I'm related to the Duck Dynasty guys" platform. Gop Sen. nominee frets over NC's "traditional population." Twenty children & adolescents are hospitalized every day with gunshot wounds. SCOTUS barely preserves legal penalties for straw gun purchases. Big-time Gop operative Barbara Comstock (now running for Congress, so here's her opponent John Foust's ActBlue page) opposes Medicaid expansion, then shows up at a free clinic ribbon cutting. Who's running the clinic? The local Muslim charity.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:18pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - June 16, 2014

Monday, interrupted! Another gun story has popped up, thankfully not involving any actual shooting this time, and dominates today's discussion. With open carry protests so much in the news, another one comes to our attention that brings into focus a lot of issues this practice is forcing more and more of us to confront. Greg Dworkin does his best to give us other things to talk about, like Tony Blair urging Iraq intervention again, while insisting the current crisis has nothing to do with the last one. And Boris Johnson calling him nuts for it. And (some in) the media critiquing their performance last time around. The amazing backstory of Michael Hastings' reporting on Bowe Bergdahl. Health care cost curve: bending. Gop angles to use gov't shutdown tactics to block new EPA regs. At Greg's prompting, we explore the Iraq background a little more, as well as reporting on the legal status of the five Taliban detainees traded for Bergdahl. Then a lingering look at the previously largely unnoticed "open carry situation" that arose in Michigan last month. "Gun Advocacy Has Now Become Parody." And don't forget to "Respect the Culture" that insists America is a hellhole.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:00pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - June 13

Once again, it's all too easy to do a Friday show full of particularly galling GunFAIL events: A Waffle House employee has shot & killed a customer. A grandfather in Janesville, WI drops & forgets his loaded gun in the outfield of a 12-year-old girls' softball game. A Kingsford, MI man impresses (and accidentally Second Amendments) the ladies doing what the founders intended: shooting a bag of cans. A Kirkland, WA man, having literally chased kids off his lawn, pursues them in his truck, pulls a gun on them, demands their wallets and cell phones, and curiously finds himself charged. A Virginia man shoots & kills the tow truck driver repossessing his pickup. CNN sides with the guys saying shootings in schools aren't school shootings. Private equity looting continues. "How privatizing government hollowed out the middle class."

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:27pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - June 12, 2014

Eric Cantor is out as Majority Leader, setting off multiple leadership races. Greg Dworkin's segment went into double overtime. Christie's still toast, for new and different reasons. How Obamacare met its enrollment goal. Fascinating stuff out of the latest Pew poll. Fournier gets a positive review for his look at populism, and two different looks at what's fueling Tea Party resiliency. Ari Berman writes Cantor's loss is bad news for the Voting Rights Act. Ruben Bolling's "How to recognize an open-carry patriot." From Goldman Sachs to hedge funds to... trailer parks? Yet more ways private equity leeches wealth from everybody else.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 2:36pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - June 11, 2014

Much chatter about Eric Cantor's primary defeat! Both Greg Dworkin and Joan McCarter have much worth saying on that subject and more. An extraordinary achievement in gun trolling. The guy who beat Cantor's an economist, but has no position on the minimum wage question, or anything else. So is this the end of any "productive" work in the 113th Congress? Student loan relief is filibustered in the Senate. David Dayen reveals who's funding the most persistent critic of Sen. Warren's student loan plan. TSA has found 892 guns being carried by passengers in airports around the country so far this year, a 19% increase over 2013's record-breaking rate. Gawker asks who's disrupting whom over at Airbnb.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 2:01pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - June 10, 2014

Greg Dworkin's roundup: small biz confidence surges; can Dems make a compelling (and winning) issue of the new carbon regs? Medicaid expansion as a long-term fight. The guy you can blame if it doesn't happen in VA. Vegas shooters paraded their arms down the street & no one said anything. Latest immigration excuse. Bergdahl polling. Further thoughts on the Bergdahl swap. Oliver North thinks he's hilarious. Petula Dvorak's takedown of VA state Sen. Phillip Puckett. Vance McAllister confirms campaign donation quid pro quo, and doesn't know why pols shun him. The "warrior cop" supply chain.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 2:29pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - June 9, 2014

We're back from the weekend break, but had to reset the random/mass shooting clock thanks to events in Seattle and Las Vegas. And a Democratic Virgina state senator resigned, handing partisan control of the senate to Republicans, who can now block ACA-funded Medicaid expansion in the state. Greg Dworkin discussed these stories plus a wide-ranging roundup of Bergdahl stories, including Frank Rich's piece that folds in reference the late Michael Hastings' 2012 profile. The shootings bring us to other gun stories: the dangers of gun-mounted flashlights, Google Glass precision-guided firearms, and (no one could have predicted) Alabama voters bringing guns to the polls. Please let this Craigslist ad be a joke. Taxpayer-subsidized bonuses for WalMart execs. For-profit ed company monetizes your volunteerism & skims from public libraries.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 2:53pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - June 6, 2014

The flip-flopping Bergdahl tweets from conservatives. Heartbleed redux! Are your selfies helping the NSA build a facial recognition database? Baseless speculation about "driverless cars!" Armando joins in to discuss emptywheel's synthesis of the O'Hehir and Moglen surveillance articles we pondered last week: "What If the Democratic Response to Snowden Is to Expand Surveillance?"

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 2:46pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - June 5, 2014

After somehow getting distracted by story about a young Australian-born model/rapper, Greg Dworkin eventually got us back on track this morning, and helps us avoid future time-wasting debacles by recommending we follow @SavedYouAClick on Twitter. Ta-Nehisi Coates nods to the Black Kos reparations forum. Bergdahl roundup. European Central Bank experiments with "negative interest rates." Politicians scrubbing web sites and Twitter or pro-Bergdahl messages. Ongoing shooting spree in Moncton, NB. What's up with the abdication of the Spanish king? GunFAIL victim's dad wants you to know "this could happen to anybody." Militarized police, technology & the search warrant explosion.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 2:35pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - June 4, 2014

Open Carry Texas' brand hijacking campaign continues, now dragging Target into the fight. Greg Dworkin rounds up multiple angles on the POW swap stories, including how Republicans scrambled to delete old expressions of support for Bergdahl. Primary election news. The reparations discussion continues. Joan McCarter makes her weekly pilgrimage to the show, giving us an Idahoan's take on the Bergdahl release. We also discussed primary election results, the Gop still at sea on Obamacare, the lineup of Daily Kos gubernatorial endorsements, the net neutrality fight, MoDo on the weed, and more about Scott Brown's super-shady sweetheart deal. GunFAIL 2014 keeps up the pace, as we compare fatal accidents among children in 2014 to last year, and discover a statistical surprise: there were four kids accidentally shot to death on this very day, last year.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:53pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - June 3, 2014

Greg Dworkin rounded up these stories: the POW swap, new Obama job approval and issues numbers, political fallout from new EPA regs, more health insurance providers want in, but new Medicaid signups aren't moving fast enough, political leaning of doctors by specialty & income, with Christie now toast, Sandy money is flowing again, the blog-to-big-media pipeline of Tapped, and the gun nut civil war. The story of Scott Brown's super-shady corporate "job" was so ludicrous, Armando couldn't resist calling in to help make fun of it. Speaking of scams, conservative publishers throw a party for the latest impeachment-themed book. The signing statement issue is resurrected in the POW swap "debate."

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 2:20pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - June 2, 2014

Greg Dworkin helps us round up the weekend's top stories, including the POW exchange, the EPA's new emissions rules (and all the controversy that comes with them), the VA, and how Gop intransigence accidentally yielded a national health care exchange. A musical interlude from Lauren Mayer (aka PsychoSuperMom), "GOP Hypocrisy Blues (VA Edition)." An extended discussion of the issues wrapped up in the POW swap. Another open carry demonstration, this time hijacking the Home Depot brand. And now, even the NRA recognizes that this is kind of dumb. And speaking of guns & dumb, Scott Brown is tangled up in something weird & getting weirder.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:54pm EST